Wil Wheaton is Just Some Guy, You Know?

February 4, 2009
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Wil Wheaton has blogged for years. He remains committed, writing under the sun about science, technology, culture, sports, and current events–and everything in between.
About 1:30 into this video interview taped last summer, Wil talks about his geekiness and the interconnectedness between egalitarianism, blogging, and the web:

He’s a Twitter addict, too. Under the moniker of @wilw, […]


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Wil Wheaton has blogged for years. He remains committed, writing under the sun about science, technology, culture, sports, and current events–and everything in between.

About 1:30 into this video interview taped last summer, Wil talks about his geekiness and the interconnectedness between egalitarianism, blogging, and the web:

He’s a Twitter addict, too. Under the moniker of @wilw, his self-described profile reads, “I’m just some guy, you know?”

Yeah, I do.

Earlier this week, Wil blogged about six ways he’ll disappoint you if you opt to follow him on Twitter.

…The problem with being in the public eye is that the media always filters everything you do, highlights every stupid mistake you make, and aren’t as interested in showing people what you’re really like as they are in printing the story that will sell the most papers.

On Twitter, and on my blog, you’re seeing me, the husband, geek, and stepdad. You’re not seeing the kid in the Bop poster. (I don’t currently own that many watches or Batman painter’s caps, among other things) or the guy who is occasionally on your TV. This disconcerts some people — not a lot, but enough…

He struck nerves, whether good or bad, for I see 125 comments so far.

I agree with his stance that people are people and it shouldn’t matter that one is an actor, an athlete, or a musician. After all, why should one’s title cause another to start a follower streak?

Or do people consider Wil a thought leader in the same way Ken Burbary considers me one (with respect to the TweetDeck client software)?

I’d add a comment to Wil’s blog, for I do read it and enjoy his content, but I have a problem with personal blogs and registration systems; I don’t like the hurdles involved with registration and hardly understand the reasons why people do it.

Seeking answers about a month ago when I first stumbled onto his blog:

Twitter message to Wil Wheaton

He responded to my tweet in six minutes:

Twitter message from Wil Wheaton

It’s not the answer I was looking for. I was hoping he’d reply along the lines of, “Oh, does my blog require registration? Gee whiz, sorry about that! Let me make the necessary changes!” Wishful thinking.

Still, I appreciate he responded–and I’ll hazard a guess he appreciated I didn’t ask him about TV.


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